What was the most definitive moment of the Protestant Reformation? The first burst in Martin Luther's mind, "the just shall live by faith"? The first pamphlets outlining this new and exciting doctrine? The first martyrs, who gave everything for the love of faith and truth? The French Wars of Religion? The first peace treaty? The first massacre, the first siege, the first tentative agreement? But it does not truly matter. The entire "roller coaster" of the Reformation was full of ups and downs, twists and turns that happened exactly as God planned them to. God's hand was behind the Reformation, as it is behind all else.
Think about that. Had God not planned the Protestant Reformation, there may have never been a choice for the seeking Christian soul. There would be no generation after generation of faithful Protestant believers who crossed the ocean to tame, populate, and revitalize a beautiful New World. The cherished denominations we think of so fondly would fail to exist. Thousands of churches would never have been built. Countless hymns would never have been written. Today, thank God for the truth, purity, and joy of the Reformation. Thank Him for your ancestors and spiritual forebears who had the courage to pass on their faith even under pain of death.
Thank Him that "the just shall live by faith".
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